Most efficient way to mow a lawn

Cut n Strut

LawnSite Gold Member
Just came across this article on how to calculate the most efficient pattern to mow a lawn depending on the topology.
So many things come to my mind but the #1 issue I see by using this theory routinely, which I’m guessing would be the purpose of figuring out the most efficient route, would be rutting. If your changing your cut pattern every mow, this theory’s value is for entertainment only.


LawnSite Member
With the 2019 summer season in southeast US, I'm seeing +100 deg F. temps and 60% humidity. Usually between 2pm and 6pm. Also the average temps reported on TV news won't kill you, it's those peak temps happening in afternoon for a short time that can do the job.

IMHO the most efficient way to mow under above-mentioned conditions is to just slow down and take more breaks! Keep your skin dry to reduce excess temperature. I usually keep 3-4 tee shirts and swap them out as the other ones get soaked in perspiration and need to dry out. Your body is a biological machine and heat stress overloads the internal organs that keep you alive. There are at least a dozen ways to die from heat stress: heart attack, liver failure, kidney failure, and many more.


LawnSite Platinum Member
I like the jobs where the worker lays a decent stripe down to finish the area, then runs the mower at a diagonal across the pattern in order to 'most efficiently' get back to the truck. :rolleyes:

Billy Rollins

LawnSite Member
kemco so true trying not to put divots in the lawn is tough when you are make 180 turns all the time. Probably the main reason I really think a good push mower with good sharp blades makes s a lawn look much better. The chance of making divots is almost 100 percent less if your careful. My customers get real upset with any divots in their lawn.


LawnSite Senior Member
Upstate NY
Yesterday I encountered a new yard where the rear was very saturated. Some of it I had to hand mow with the Honda self propelled, and it was rutting, there was another area that got a real bad rut from the 994r and it was so wet I was just sinking in, told the client it was impossible to cut that area. I cut at 2.75", she came out and asked if this was the first time I'd cut a lawn. She said she could see the blades up and spinning, I'm thinking no way I was in transport mode. Anyway I started recutting the front yard and kept dropping the cut till she was happy. 1.5". I've never cut that low but that how she likes it. Definitely not a profitable job with the double cut, what really cost me was the time, as I had 13 jobs scheduled but only finished 8. At least I know it can only be cut after several days of dry weather next time.